COBLESKILL, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University women's cross country team finished eighth at the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship here Saturday afternoon hosted by SUNY Cobleskill.
Freshman Courtney Hocog (Fontana, Calif.) earned all-conference honors as she finished the 6K course, 20th overall, with a time of 27 minutes, 52 seconds. Hocog's place landed her on the All-NEAC third team. The top 21 runners in the race earn all-conference honors.
SUNY Cobleskill won its ninth conference championship with 26 team points as the host had five runners finish in the top nine spots. The Fighting Tigers were followed by Keuka College (80 team points), Lancaster Bible College (96), Penn St.-Berks (124), SUNY Poly (142), Cazenovia College (147), Morrisville State College (148), Gallaudet (163) and Penn St.-Harrisburg (226). Penn College (four runners) and Penn St.-Abington (two runners) didn't have the five-runner minimum to earn a team place.
Penn St.-Berks junior Michelle Kiss won the 74-runner race in 24:44 and took home 2019 NEAC Women's Runner of the Year honors.
Sophomore Sierra Pratt (Katy, Texas) was the second Bison to finish the race in 40th place with a time of 30:36. Junior Taylor Nguyen (Ballwin, Mo.) was right behind Pratt in 42nd place (31:06). Senior Fatuma Ali (Tucson, Ariz.) crossed the finish line in 49th place (31:31) while freshman Cassie Friday (Flinton, Pa.) was 53rd (32:04) to cap GU's team scoring. This marked Ali's final cross country race as a Bison.
- Freshman Jenny Mendis (Brook Park, Ohio) placed 59th (33:51)
- Sophomore Hannah Wetzel (Fremont, Calif.) was 69th overall (39:49)
- Gallaudet's average time was 30:38
- The spread between GU's top five runners was 4:12
This concludes the 2019 season for the Gallaudet women's cross country program.